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The Hand is a 1981 psychological horror film written and directed by Oliver Stone, based on the novel The Lizard's Tail by Marc Brandell and a remake of the 1946 film The Beast with Five Fingers. The film stars Michael Caine and Andrea Marcovicci. Caine plays Jon Lansdale, a comic book artist who loses his hand, which in turn takes on a murderous life of its own. The original film score is by James Horner, in one of his earliest projects. Despite its lackluster release, it became a cult film due to its elements of psychological horror (which was later exercised in Jacob's Ladder, The Uninvited and the Silent Hill games) as well as Caine's only performance as a deranged amputee victim in contrast to his more heroic and sane roles in other films, which resulted Warner Bros. releasing the movie on DVD on September 25, 2007.
Jonathan Lansdale is a talented cartoonist, whose drinking and arrogant personality have put a strain on his marriage. When he is in a car accident, Jonathan's drawing hand is severed, and his career is seemingly over. His wife Anne begs him to hire another cartoonist to take over the strip, which would help them financially, but Jonathan's ego won't allow it. Now with even more animosity between him and his wife, Jonathan begins having blackouts, during which his belongings are damaged. Before long, the people he dislikes begin disappearing, because Jonathan's hand has returned from the scene of the accident and taken on a murderous life of its own.

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